Alberta’s addiction response
- Alberta’s addiction care system includes prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services. Learn more about the range of addiction care options.
- The Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 provides support, information and referral to services. The confidential, toll-free line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Opioid data helps us better understand the opioid crisis in Alberta and make informed, strategic decisions about how best to support individuals experiencing addiction.
Supporting the mental health of Albertans
Addressing the impact of COVID-19
- Online resources and virtual supports have been enhanced, including Kids Help Phone, the Mental Health and Addiction Help Lines, the Crisis Text Line Alberta, and 211 Alberta. This also includes launching Togetherall, a free, online network offering anonymous peer-to-peer mental health services.
- The Mental Health and Addiction COVID-19 Community Funding Grant Program is supporting community organizations to provide mental health and addiction recovery supports and services.
Alberta’s budget is focused on protecting lives and livelihoods, investing in health care, preparing for recovery and spending responsibly.
Provincial funding helped jack.org and Kids Help Phone create the Alberta COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub.
Available province wide, Alberta Health Services uses telehealth technology to provide treatment for opioid use disorder.
Residential addiction treatment provider licensing
Residential addiction treatment providers in Alberta must be licensed in accordance with the Mental Health Services Protection Act.
Mike Ellis was appointed Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions on July 8, 2021.
Mike Ellis was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the constituency of Calgary-West in a by-election on October 27, 2014. He was re-elected on May 5, 2015 and again on April 16, 2019.
An April 30, 2019, he was assigned to serve as Government Whip.
He currently serves as chair for the Standing Committee on Private Bills and Private Members’ Public Bills and as deputy chair of the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services.
Mr. Ellis previously served as a member of the Select Special Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner Search Committee and as a member of the following standing committees of the Legislative Assembly:
- Legislative Offices (Chair)
- Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund
- Families and Communities
- Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing
Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Ellis spent 12 years with the Calgary Police Service. During his tenure he served 8 years in the position of constable and 3 as patrol sergeant. In recognition of his service he received a 10-year distinguished service medal in 2013.
During Mr. Ellis’s policing career his focus was primarily on community policing, which included working with some of Calgary’s most vulnerable citizens through the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness. He specialized in judicial administration law and incident command, and also trained other officers in how to help victims of crime.
Mr. Ellis has studied in the bachelor of policing program at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He also holds a management certificate from Mount Royal College and leadership certification from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Mr. Ellis is married to Hollie, and together they have 3 children.